I never thought in my life that I would be doing 5k’s or missing running when I couldn’t do it, but here I am… Right now is a great time to pick up this sport that you can do at little or no cost. It brings you outside and gets you moving. Here are some of my why’s:
Gets You Out in the Open Air
There is tons of research out there that will tell you, especially now, that your state of mind will improve with time outside. This is a sport that you don’t need others to participate in. You can do it all on your own.
I burn calories quicker running than with any other type of exercise, hands down.
Starting Out Where You Are
Everyone can start at whatever spot they are currently in. My trainer told me to start by jogging a half-mile and walking a half-mile. I told him that he was crazy. I tried it, though. I was shocked without jogging since the days of P.E. in high school that I could jog a half-mile from the beginning. Who knew? I definitely didn’t.
You Can See Your Progress Easily
There are so many things that are tough to measure, but this activity is super easy. I did the treadmill for a long while. I have my Fitbit. I knew how far I was running. It is easy to see your improvements in distance and pace. I think that my mile started at 12/13 minutes a mile. After a little over a year, I can now run an 8.5-minute mile. This is still not very fast, but I am proud of how much I have improved.
There’s a 5k for Everyone
Whether you want to be super serious or super silly, you can find a 5k out there just for you. My daughter and I tend to run the fun ones together. We have done a blacklight run and an all-terrain run together. They were both super fun. I really didn’t think that I would get into the all-terrain run with all the mud. I looked worse than Edward Rooney at the end of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. We had a blast. I personally have done 2 more serious runs as well. They usually have competitions by gender and age, making it fun to compete.
You Can Compete Against Yourself
I never really need to worry about others. I can always try to beat my last run or my best. I can try to have my longest run.
You Can See the Best in Others and Get Inspiration from Others
My first serious run was a superhero run. This little girl was dressed up like supergirl. She started ahead of me. I saw her a few times during the run. I saw her wearing down. I kept cheering her on and telling her that she could do it. I saw the impact that I was having on her. It kept me going too. On my second run, a woman caught up to me right at the finish line. I never saw her during the race. She could have tried to pass me up in like the last block, but instead, she cheered me on and told me to push that I had it. It makes me want to cheer people on in general and want to inspire others.
I can’t think of a better time to try something new in these times of uncertainty and stress. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Whether it is running or something else, try something outside of your comfort zone. You might find yourself surprised by the results.
Lisa is a mother to an awesome son and daughter. She has been married for 22 years to her lobster. She attended UNO more years ago than she would like to admit and has a full time job in the CBD. She grew up in Jefferson Parish and now lives on the Northshore. She loves spending her weekends gallivanting the area from Nola to Biloxi with her family and vacationing as much as her pocketbook and vacation time will allow. She loves Disney. She has a scrapbook habit that connects her with friends. She is a Christian that tries to walk the right path but stumbles a lot.